BUTLER, Hon. James Wandesford (1774-1838), of Kilkenny Castle, co. Kilkenny

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1820-1832, ed. D.R. Fisher, 2009
Available from Cambridge University Press



1801 - 10 Aug. 1820

Family and Education

b. 15 July 1774, 3rd s. of John Butler, MP [I], 17th earl of Ormonde [I] (d. 1795), and Lady Susan Frances Elizabeth Wandesford, da. and h. of John, 1st earl of Wandesford [I]; bro. of Charles Harward Butler*. educ. Eton 1783-90. m. 12 Oct. 1807, Grace Louisa, da. of John Staples† of Lissane, co. Tyrone, 5s. (1 d.v.p.) 5da. suc. bro. Walter as 19th earl of Ormonde [I] 10 Aug. 1820; cr. Bar. Ormonde [UK] 17 July 1821; mq. of Ormonde [I] 5 Oct. 1825; KP 19 July 1821; kntd. 16 July 1826. d. 18 May 1838.

Offices Held

MP [I] 1796-1800.

Cornet 14 Drag. 1790, lt. 1792, capt. 1793, maj. 1799, ret. 1802; lt.-col. Kilkenny militia 1806, col. 1820-d.

Hered. chief butler [I] 1820-d.; custos rot. and gov. co. Kilkenny 1820, ld. lt. 1831-d.; v.-adm. Leinster 1831-d.; militia a.d.c. to William IV 1832-37, to Queen Victoria 1837-d.

Trustee, linen board [I] 1802.


Butler, a supporter of Catholic relief who had aligned himself with government since 1815, was again returned unopposed for Kilkenny on the family interest in 1820. No trace of parliamentary activity has been found for the brief period which elapsed before he succeeded his brother as earl of Ormonde. He received a United Kingdom peerage as part of the coronation honours in 1821 and was promoted in the Irish peerage four years later. He died in May 1838 at O’Dienne’s hotel, Dublin ‘after an illness of thirteen days, produced by a severe cold’.1

Ref Volumes: 1820-1832

Author: Philip Salmon


  • 1. Gent. Mag. (1838), ii. 208-9.